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Bloodworks Northwest: Blood donations urgently needed after derailment

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian Health Reporter
Published: December 18, 2017, 8:19pm

Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent plea for blood donations following the Amtrak train derailment Monday morning in DuPont.

Bloodworks had issued more than 150 units of blood within a few hours of the derailment, responding to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured during the incident.

Supplies for some blood types are at critical levels, with just one or two days’ worth of supplies compared with the normal four-day inventory. Bloodworks has a special need for Type O blood, AB plasma and platelets.

Many of the injured have been transported to south Puget Sound hospitals that rely on Bloodworks for blood supplies. Bloodworks Northwest also supplies both Vancouver hospitals.

“We need to replenish our supplies to meet the needs of injured people today, and in the days ahead, as well as to meet normal needs,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest, in a news release.

The Bloodworks Vancouver donor center, 9320 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 100, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-398-7888 or visit schedule.bloodworksnw.org.

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